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February 10, 2014

VT Law to Look at What Matters in Housing: Co-Location – The potential for housing policy transformation rests in understanding how proximity to other land uses and land users affects value, and is the subject of an annual lecture on planning and the law to be held at Vermont Law School on Thursday, Feb. 13. The event is free and open to the public and press.

February 4, 2014

Vermont Law Partners with Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Vermont Law School signs partnership agreements with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Central State University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College, with the ultimate goal of expanding racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.

January 30, 2014

Vermont Law Leads Again at LegalTech – Students and faculty from the Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School will attend LegalTech 2014 in New York City, bringing with them ideas and expertise that are sought after by industry leaders like Google, LexisNexis, and Capital Novus.

January 28, 2014

Climate Change: How It’s Hurting Winter Sports – On the eve of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Vermont Law will host a panel discussion about how climate change continues to jeopardize the winter sports industry both globally and in New England.

January 21, 2014

Scholarship Recipient Recognized for Work Against Violence – Vermont Law School student Christopher Smith, '14, a staunch advocate for victims of violence, has been selected as the third recipient of the Erin Woolley Memorial Scholarship.

January 16, 2014

Immigration, Incarceration, Supreme Court to be Discussed at VLS Speakers Series – Vermont Law School’s Spring 2014 Faculty Speakers Series begins Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Cornell Library Seminar Room; open to the public, the series will be held from 12:45 to 2 p.m. on select Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 17.

January 14, 2014 – Voting Rights, Election Law Expert to Lead VLS’s Martin Luther King Jr. Observance

Voting Rights, Election Law Expert to Lead VLS Martin Luther King Jr. Observance

January 10, 2014 – Green Mountain College Partners with Vermont Law School to Offer Accelerated Degree Programs

Green Mountain College Partners with Vermont Law School to Offer Accelerated Degree Programs

January 7, 2014 – CAFS and National Farm to School Network release farm-to-school legislative survey

CAFS and National Farm to School Network release farm-to-school legislative survey

December 11, 2013 – Vermont Law Watch List 2014 Focuses On Climate Change

Environmental Top Ten Watchlist

November 15, 2013 – Innovative Criminal Justice Practices to be Examined at Vermont Law Conference

Innovative Criminal Justice Practices to be Examined at Vermont Law Conference

November 12, 2013 – The University of Vermont and Vermont Law School Agree to Collaborate to Enhance UVM’s New Accelerated MBA Program

UVM and VLS Agree to Collaborate to Enhance UVM's New Accelerated MBA Program

November 11, 2013 – Vermont Law Joins Higher Ed Consortium on Food Systems

Vermont Law Joins Higher Ed Consortium on Food Systems

November 7, 2013 – Volcker Rule reformer to deliver Waterman Lecture

Volcker Rule reformer to deliver Waterman Lecture

October 23, 2013 – National Security & Climate Change Symposium Attracts Significant Interest

National Security & Climate Change Symposium Attracts Significant Interest

October 11, 2013 – Global Nuclear Energy Report to be Presented at Vermont Law

Global Nuclear Energy Report to be Presented at Vermont Law

October 2, 2013 – BU and VLS to Partner on LLM Concentration

Boston University and Vermont Law School to Partner on LLM Concentration

August 4, 2013

Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic Helps Ensure Clean Water in Vermont – The ENRLC at Vermont Law School announces a milestone in an important case that marks a major step forward for clean water in Vermont.

August 2, 2013

Vermont Law School Faculty Featured in National Media – For the past month, Vermont Law School faculty and scholars have been appearing consistently on a wide range of topics in regional and national media, including the Washington Post and New York Times.

May 14, 2013

Distance Learning Graduates to Participate in VLS Commencement – Graduates of the distance learning program at Vermont Law School (VLS) will participate in the 2013 Commencement, marking the first time in the law school’s history that its degree recipients will include both residential students and non-residential students.

May 6, 2013

Randy Hertz, William Sorrell, and Paulo Machado to be honored at Vermont Law School Commencement – The Vice Dean of NYU Law School and a national leader on clinical education, Randy Hertz, will serve as the speaker at 2013 Commencement at Vermont Law School (VLS). In addition to conferring an honorary degree upon Professor Hertz, VLS will also confer honorary degrees upon Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell and the “Father of Brazilian Environmental Law,” Professor Paulo Affonso Leme Machado.

April 1, 2013

Food Talk Radio comes to VLS – Food Talk Radio is a 30-minute radio show produced by Vermont Law School students and Royalton Community Radio that covers food-related topics of local and national interest.

March 18, 2013

Scholar and Social Entrepreneur to Lead Environmental Law Center – A water law scholar who began her career by founding and leading a non-profit environmental law firm has been appointed as the new director of Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center (ELC). Melissa Scanlan is currently the Water Law and Policy Scholar at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She will assume leadership of the ELC in June 2013. A water law scholar who began her career by founding and leading a non-profit environmental law firm has been appointed as the new director of Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center (ELC). Melissa Scanlan is currently the Water Law and Policy Scholar at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She will assume leadership of the ELC in June 2013.

March 14, 2013

Public Risk, Private Profit; Ratepayer Cost, Utility Imprudence – Saddled with an “advance cost recovery” financing arrangement that allows the nuclear industry to make them pay in advance for the construction of new reactors, electricity ratepayers in South Carolina, Florida and Georgia, are faced with a stark choice today: Either “eat” roughly $6 billion already invested in costly new nuclear reactors or shell out even more when the region’s increasingly “uneconomical” reactor projects pile up $20 billion or more in excess costs.

December 11, 2012

Vermont Law School to Support Environmental Reform in Myanmar – Vermont Law School (VLS) announced today that it has received a one-year grant from the blue moon fund to support environmental governance training and education in Myanmar as the nation prepares for considerable foreign investment.

December 10, 2012

Vermont Law School Releases Updated National Smart Grid Privacy Policy to Empower Electric Customers – Putting electric customers first, Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment today presented an updated smart grid privacy policy designed to serve as a model for utility companies nationwide.

November 12, 2012

Vermont Law Students Provide Ideas, Energy As Non-Voting Board Members on Local Nonprofits – In an unusual partnership, Vermont Law School students are serving as non-voting volunteer board advisors to Upper Valley nonprofit groups dealing with social justice, educational, environmental and other community issues.

November 9, 2012

Sen. Leahy to Receive Achievement Award From Vermont Law School – U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, will receive the 2012 annual Achievement Award from Vermont Law School's Washington, D.C., Alumni Association on Nov. 27 in the U.S. Capitol Building.

November 8, 2012

NarcoLaw Blog: Federal Prosecutor Turned Law Professor Tackles “War on Drugs” – Michele Martinez Campbell, who as a federal prosecutor in New York City battled drug kingpins and traffickers before she joined academia, looks at U.S. narcotics law and policy in a scholarly way in her new NarcoLaw blog.

November 1, 2012

Illinois Utility’s Smart Grid Struggle Underscores Need For Clear Policies, Vermont Law School Study Shows – A clash over Commonwealth Edison Co.'s plan to modernize its electrical grid underscores the need for clear cost recovery policies for utilities nationwide if the smart's grid's reliability and environmental benefits are to be realized, a new Vermont Law School study suggests.

October 25, 2012

Vermont Law School to Host Vermont House Debate – The Vermont Law School Student Bar Association will host a public debate between the candidates for the Vermont House of Representatives Windsor-Orange 1 seat at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Oakes 012.

October 16, 2012

Presidential Debate: Vermont Law School Expert Available to Comment on Business Issues – Vermont Law School Professor Jennifer Taub is available to provide analysis of economic, business, finance and banking issues in tonight's presidential debate.

October 15, 2012

Vermont Law School to Inaugurate President and Dean Marc Mihaly – Vermont Law School President and Dean Marc Mihaly will discuss the future of legal education and VLS's initiatives to adapt to the changing legal landscape at his inauguration on Friday, Oct. 26.

October 10, 2012

Vermont Law School Names Senior USDA Attorney as First Director of Center for Agriculture and Food Systems – Vermont Law School announced Wednesday that Laurie Ristino, a senior attorney and administrator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been selected as the first director of VLS's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems.

October 5, 2012

Professor Benjamin Sovacool writes in Science: Deploying Off-Grid Technology to Eradicate Energy Poverty – A new article in Science by a Vermont Law School professor offers new ideas to make renewable electricity and heat available to low-income, rural households.

October 1, 2012

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum: Vermont Law Expert Available to Comment – Human rights expert Stephanie Farrior, a Vermont Law School professor and former legal director of Amnesty International, is available to comment on today's arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum.

September 17, 2012

National Experts to Explore Agriculture, Food Systems at VLS – Kathleen Merrigan, the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department's chief policy manager for promoting local and regional food systems, will give the keynote address at Vermont Law School's inaugural Conference on Agriculture and Food Systems on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The event, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., is free and open to the public.

September 7, 2012

Human Rights Advocate to Discuss War on Terror – Gabor Rona '78, International Legal Director of Human Rights First, will discuss the war on terror at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Yates Room of Debevoise Hall at Vermont Law School. The event is free and open to the public.

September 6, 2012

Vermont Law School Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Create “Legal Ecosystem” in Southwest China – Vermont Law School has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. State Department to support a three-year project designed to improve environmental and public health in China.

July 27, 2012

VLS’s New Dean to Focus on Innovation, Affordability Amidst Changing Legal Landscape – Marc Mihaly, Vermont Law School's new dean and president, will start work on Aug. 1 with a focus on adopting innovative changes and holding down costs in an effort to help the school and its graduates succeed in the changing legal landscape.

June 19, 2012

Electricity Use Drops, Customer Satisfaction Rises In Major Utilities’ Smart Grid Programs, Vermont Law School Studies Show – Electricity customers are using less power and seeing other benefits under smart grid programs adopted by two of the nation's largest public power utilities, according to study results released today by Vermont Law School's national smart grid research project.

June 4, 2012

Jerry Sandusky Trial: VLS Expert Michael McCann Expert Available to Comment – Vermont Law School Professor Michael McCann is available to provide insight on the child molestation trial of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky. Jury selection begins Tuesday.

May 31, 2012

VLS Experts Available to Comment on DOMA Court Ruling – Vermont Law School has faculty experts available to comment on today's federal appeals court ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married gay couples.

May 15, 2012

Vermont Law School Marks First Anniversary of Nation’s First Fully Online Environmental Master’s Program – Vermont Law School's distance learning program is thriving one year after starting to offer the nation's first fully online master's degrees in environmental law and policy.

May 15, 2012

Commencement Weekend Highlights to Include Opening of Center for Legal Services, Talk by Nature Conservancy President – Vermont Law School will mark its 37th annual commencement weekend May 18-19 with a talk by the head of the world's leading conservation group and the opening of a new legal clinics building to benefit needy families and the environment.

April 2, 2012

Vermont Law School to Host LGBTI Conference – Vermont Law School's International and Comparative Law Program, Alliance, and International Law Society will host a conference on Saturday, April 7, to promote international advocacy to protect the human rights of LGBTI people.

March 26, 2012

Legal Panel to Explore Skiing, Snowboarding and Resort Law – Vermont Law School's Sports Law Institute will host a panel discussion on emerging legal issues in skiing, snowboarding and resort law in Vermont and nationwide at 12:45 p.m., Thursday, March 29 in the Chase Community Center. The event is free and open to the public.

March 15, 2012

Vermont Yankee: Vermont Law School Experts Available to Comment on Deadline for Disputed Nuclear Plant – Vermont Law School has experts available to comment on legal issues as next week's deadline for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant approaches.

March 15, 2012

Vermont Law Review Symposium to Explore Prison Privatization – The Vermont Law Review will host a symposium on prison privatization from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at the Chase Community Center. The event is free and open to the public.

March 13, 2012

Vermont Law School Ranked First in Environmental Law for Fourth Consecutive Year – U.S.News & World Report has ranked Vermont Law School's environmental law program as the best in the nation for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year. The 2013 Best Grad Schools rankings were released today.

March 12, 2012

Nation’s Top-Ranked Environmental Law School Selects Environmental Leader as New President and Dean – The Vermont Law School Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of Marc Mihaly as VLS's eighth president and dean, effective August 1.

March 7, 2012

Vermont Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments at Vermont Law School – The Vermont Supreme Court will oral arguments in six cases starting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, in Oakes Hall in the high court's annual session at Vermont Law School.

March 7, 2012

Vermont’s Top Judge to Give VLS Commencement Speech – Vermont Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Reiber will deliver the keynote speech on May 19 at Vermont Law School's 37th annual commencement.

February 28, 2012

Human Rights Case in Supreme Court: Vermont Law School Expert Available to Comment – Vermont Law School Professor Stephanie Farrior, an international human rights expert and former legal director of Amnesty International, is available to comment on today's U.S. Supreme Court case involving Royal Dutch Shell Oil, which is accused of aiding and abetting the Nigerian government in committing atrocities in the 1990s.

February 20, 2012

Smart Grid Collaboration, Outreach Key to Reenergizing U.S., Vermont Law School Study Suggests – Collaboration, clear policies and consumer outreach are fueling the successful implementation of Central Vermont Public Services' smart grid plan, according to results of the first case study in Vermont Law School's national smart grid research project.

February 15, 2012

Vermont Law School, Middlebury College Sign Agreements – Vermont Law School and Middlebury College have signed an agreement that guarantees qualified Middlebury students and graduates admission to VLS.

February 14, 2012

VLS Study: Iowans' Electric Bills Could Skyrocket Under Nuclear Financing Bill – Mark Cooper, a Vermont Law School expert on nuclear reactor financing, warned today that a bill pending in the Iowa Senate to allow MidAmerican to charge in advance for the construction of new nuclear reactors could lead to significantly more expensive utility bills for state consumers, up to $70 higher a month ($840 per year).

February 10, 2012

New Nuclear Reactors: VT Law School Experts Available For Follow Up – Vermont Law School experts Peter Bradford and Mark Cooper are available to comment for follow up stories on costs, safety and other factors in connection with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's approval of two new reactors at a nuclear plant in Georgia.

February 7, 2012

EPA Awards Vermont Coalition $34 Million Contract To Advise on ENERGY STAR Program – The EPA has awarded Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) and two other Vermont-based institutions a $34 million contract to provide technical, analytical and outreach assistance to the national ENERGY STAR program in the commercial, institutional, and industrial sectors.

February 2, 2012

From Burmese Pythons to Zebra Mussels: New Study Proposes Federal Law to Limit Nonnative Animal Species – A new study by a Vermont Law School alumnus proposes a detailed comprehensive federal law to curtail invasive and exotic animal species that are causing environmental, economic and public health risks across the American landscape.

February 1, 2012

New Vermont Law School Course To Show Legal Ropes to Utility Executives – Vermont Law School will offer a unique new course this summer designed to help senior electric utility executives gain a better understanding of the legal basics critical to operating an effective utility company.

January 31, 2012

Land Use Expert to Explore New York City’s Rezoning – A New York University School of Law expert will discuss New York City's massive rezoning effort at Vermont Law School's eighth annual Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Chase Community Center. The event is free and open to the public.

January 26, 2012

Vermont Law School Raises Record $15.3 Million in Capital Campaign – Vermont Law School has surpassed its goal of $15 million for the Campaign for Vermont Law School, with total gifts and commitments currently totaling $15.3 million.

January 24, 2012

VT Law School to Host “After Irene” Symposium – Vermont Law School will explore environmental issues arising out of Tropical Storm Irene at a symposium on Friday, April 20.

January 24, 2012

VT Law School Launches Energy Security & Justice Project – Vermont Law School has launched the Energy Security & Justice Project to expand global access to sustainable energy and craft national energy policies that adapt to climate change without worsening socioeconomic inequality.

January 19, 2012

VT Law School Receives $1.25 Million Grant for Agriculture Center – Vermont Law School has received a $1.25 million grant to support its new Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, which advocates for community-based agriculture across the United States.

January 12, 2012

Board Strikes Down Previous Local Approval for Power Plant in Pennsylvania – A 2006 local conditional use permit granted to Robinson Power Company, LLC (RPC) for the proposed construction of a 272-megawatt waste coal power plant was unanimously struck down Monday by the Robinson Township Board of Supervisors of Washington County, Penn.

January 9, 2012

Political Advisor Colmon Elridge III to Mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Vermont Law School – Colmon Elridge III, the youngest gubernatorial executive assistant in the nation, will be the keynote speaker Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Vermont Law School's observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The event, which is from 12:45 p.m. in the Chase Community Center, is free and open to the public.

December 16, 2011

EPA’s Mercury Rules: VT Law School Expert Available to Comment – Vermont Law School Associate Professor Teresa Clemmer is available to comment on the EPA's new rules to limit mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants. The rules are to be announced Friday.

December 16, 2011

Today’s House Vote on Keystone Pipeline: VT Law School Experts Available to Comment – Vermont Law School has experts available to comment on the House's expected vote today to fast-track approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline proposal.

December 12, 2011

Conservation Groups Petition for Emergency Federal Listing of Rare Tree Frog Threatened by Pipeline Project – A coalition of conservation groups and scientists petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to immediately list a tiny tree frog endemic to Puerto Rico under the Endangered Species Act.

December 12, 2011

Nation’s Premier Environmental Law School Unveils Top 10 Environmental Watch List for 2012 – Vermont Law School today released its second annual Top 10 Environmental Watch List, spotlighting the nation's most critical environmental law and policy issues of 2011 and how they may play out in 2012.

December 5, 2011

VT Law School to Unveil Top 10 Environmental Watch List for 2011-12 – Vermont Law School will release its second annual Top 10 Environmental Watch List at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, to spotlight the nation's most critical environmental law and policy issues of 2011 and how they may play out in 2012.

November 30, 2011

Draft Environmental Assessment Released On Controversial Pipeline Project in Puerto Rico – Vermont Law School has experts available to discuss the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' release today of its draft environmental assessment for the permit application for the controversial Via Verde natural gas pipeline project in Puerto Rico.

November 15, 2011

Rights on Land and Water: Takings Law Conference to Explore Environmental Regulations – Vermont Law School and Georgetown University Law Center will co-host the 14th annual Conference on Litigating Takings Challenges to Land Use and Environmental Regulations on Friday, Nov. 18, in Washington, D.C.

November 15, 2011

Smart Grid Collaboration Needed to Repower U.S., VT Law School Study Suggests – The United States needs unprecedented collaboration among electric utilities, government, industry and academia to create a smart grid with clear policies, empowered customers, demonstrated cost savings and a greener environment, according to early results in Vermont Law School's national smart grid research project.

November 8, 2011

Empowering Electric Customers: VT Law School Unveils Innovative National Smart Grid Privacy Policy – Putting power customers first, Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment today presented a draft smart grid privacy policy designed to serve as a model for utility companies nationwide.

November 8, 2011

Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal: VT Law School Expert Available to Comment – Vermont Law School Professor Michael McCann, an expert in sports law and social psychology and the law, is available to comment on the alleged sexual abuse of young boys by a Penn State football coach.

November 3, 2011

Wielding a Green Gavel: Chinese Judges Receive New Training to Crack Down on Polluters – China's green regulations, green lawsuits and green activism are making some progress in reducing pollution from the nation's economic boon, but a lesser known environmental initiative also is underway - delivering green justice from the bench. Under a pilot program, Vermont Law School's U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and two Chinese organizations are overhauling the way Chinese judges are educated and trained in environmental rule of law.

November 1, 2011

Keystone XL in Nebraska: VT Law School Experts Available to Comment – Vermont Law School has faculty experts available to comment on the Nebraska state legislature's convening of a special session today to debate whether to seek changes to a planned $7 billion oil pipeline traversing the state.

October 27, 2011

New Politics Needed to Drive New Economy, Says Environmental Pioneer Gus Speth – Vermont Law School Professor Gus Speth, a founder of the modern environmental movement, will conclude his three-part lecture series on America's future by laying out his plan for a new U.S. economic and political order on Thursday, Nov. 3.

October 26, 2011

Citizens, Conservation Groups Threaten Federal Lawsuit Over Controversial Pipeline Project in Puerto Rico – A coalition of community and conservation groups alerted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this morning that it intends to sue the Corps within 60 days over the agency's handling of a proposed natural gas pipeline line through ecologically sensitive areas in Puerto Rico.

October 18, 2011

Public Trust Doctrine Can Fight Farm Pollution Runoff, VT Law School Study Finds – The public trust doctrine, an ancient legal principle used recently in a novel effort to protect the earth's atmosphere from greenhouse gas emissions, can help fight farm runoff, the biggest polluter of the nation's waters, a Vermont Law School study finds.

October 17, 2011

Perfect Solar Storm: VT Law School Study Recommends Better Preparation, Coordination to Protect Power Grid – With the planet overdue for a severe solar storm, policymakers and utilities should promptly begin coordinating efforts to protect the electrical grid's vulnerable components, prepare system operators and automate procedures, a Vermont Law School study recommends.

October 14, 2011

Hard Place and a Rock: Coal Won’t Provide U.S. Energy Security, VT Law School Study Finds – The United States' energy security won't improve--and economic, social and environmental risks will expand exponentially--if the nation switches from oil to coal for most of its electricity and transportation needs, a Vermont Law School study finds.

October 13, 2011

Speth Envisions Revolutionized America as Lecture Series Continues – Vermont Law School Professor Gus Speth laid out a grim assessment of the United States on Oct. 6, saying corporate, political and military greed were destroying the nation in the first of three lectures calling for a grassroots revolution. In his second lecture on Thursday, Oct. 20, Speth will envision a reborn America based on a platform of fairness, justice, peace and a sustainable economy. In his third lecture on Thursday, Nov. 3, he will explain how that new economic and political system can be accomplished.

October 13, 2011

U.S. Electric Grid Needs Cohesive Cybersecurity Policy, VT Law School Study Finds – Securing America's electric grid is a key part of preventing terrorist attacks on the country's power, water supply and telecommunication systems, but the United States lacks a comprehensive cybersecurity policy for its electricity sector despite having plentiful government policies for protecting other infrastructure, according to a Vermont Law School report.

October 11, 2011

NAFTA Continues to Decimate Mexican Hog Industry, VT Law School Study Finds – NAFTA's poorly-negotiated trade liberalization policies have been manipulated to exploit Mexican consumers, farm owners and laborers, leading to the demise of that nation's hog industry, according to Vermont Law School Assistant Professor Pamela Vesilind.

October 6, 2011

VT Law School Researcher Calls for Shifting Nuclear Liability to Plant Operators – Vermont Law School energy researcher Mark Cooper on Wednesday called for the repeal of the Price-Anderson Act and for shifting the liability for nuclear accidents from governments and the public to plant operators.

October 5, 2011

“Meddlers” or “Guardians”: VLS Event to Explore Mediation’s Role – Vermont Law School's Dispute Resolution Program will mark its 30th anniversary on Wed., Oct. 12 with a conference that explores the controversy, current status and future prospects of mediation in the public arena. The "Mediator and Public Policy" event starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Chase Community Center.

October 3, 2011

Law Reviews’ Symposium to Examine Impacts of Sorrell v. IMS Health – The Vermont Law Review and the University of New Hampshire Law Review will co-sponsor an Oct. 14 symposium to explore issues stemming from the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Sorrell v. IMS Health.

September 26, 2011

Environmental Leader Gus Speth Charts “America’s Rebirth” – Vermont Law School Professor Gus Speth, a founder of the modern environmental movement, will call for a new American economic and political order in a three-part lecture series this fall starting Oct. 6.

September 22, 2011

VT Law School to Mark “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Law’s Repeal, Welcomes Military Recruiters Back to Campus – Vermont Law School will host a ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 29, to mark the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" law and the impending return of military recruiters to campus after more than 25 years. The event will be at 4:30 p.m. in the Yates Common Room in Debevoise Hall.

September 21, 2011

VT Law School Helps Update Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan – Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) is playing an important role in updating Vermont's Comprehensive Energy Plan. A draft of the plan is open for public comment until Oct. 10.

September 21, 2011

Indian Activist Studies Vermont Yankee Opposition, Seeks to Stop Plans for World’s Largest Nuclear Plant – Indian activist Vaishali Patil will visit Vermont Law School on Friday, Sept. 30, to learn more about efforts by Vermont lawmakers and citizen groups to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

September 19, 2011

FTC Commissioner Julie Brill to Deliver 2011 Waterman Lecture – Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Julie Brill will discuss consumer protection and other issues at Vermont Law School's 2011 Sterry R. Waterman Lecture at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Chase Community Center. Her talk is titled "Finding Heroes in a Small World". It is free and open to the public.

September 9, 2011

Community Day to Focus on Irene-Recovery Efforts – Vermont Law School and the Town of South Royalton will host their first annual Community Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 to celebrate the relationship between the state's only law school and the historic community where it is located. That relationship has been highlighted by VLS's relief and recovery efforts for residents who have been hit by Tropical Storm Irene.

September 8, 2011

VT Law School Clinical Students Prompt Enforcement Actions at Largest Coal Refuse Pile East of Mississippi River – Federal mining authorities identified several deficiencies in the wastewater treatment system at the largest coal refuse pile east of the Mississippi River during a recent inspection prompted by Vermont Law School's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) and the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) ) on behalf of their client Residents Against the Power Plant (RAPP).

September 8, 2011

Vermont Yankee Trial Starts: VT Law School Experts Available to Comment on Federal Case That May Influence Nuclear Power Across U.S. – Vermont Law School faculty experts will attend opening arguments at the Vermont Yankee federal trial on Monday, Sept. 12, and are available to comment throughout the trial. They also will continue to analyze key developments in the case on the school's Vermont Yankee lawsuit faculty commentary blog.

September 2, 2011

VT Law School Continues Aid to Irene-Damaged Communities – Heading into the Labor Day weekend, Vermont Law School students, faculty and staff will continue volunteering to help Vermont residents affected by Tropical Storm Irene, including offering legal aid and assistance filling out FEMA applications.

July 22, 2011

VT Law School to Lift Ban on Military Recruiters on Campus – Vermont Law School will lift its ban on military recruiters on campus when the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law is formally repealed in late September.

July 11, 2011

VT Law School, China’s Premier Law School Collaborate On Environmental Research, Rule of Law Projects – U.S. and Chinese law students will work together under a new collaboration between Vermont Law School and China's premier law school aimed at improving environmental rule of law and legal education in China.

July 7, 2011

Vermont Yankee Perjury Investigation: VT Law School Expert Available To Comment – Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna is available to comment on Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell's announcement today that Entergy officials won't be charged with perjury for repeatedly misleading Vermont state officials about the existence of underground piping carrying radionuclides at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

July 7, 2011

Yellowstone River Oil Spill Ramifications: VT Law School/Montana Expert Available To Comment – Vermont Law School Adjunct Professor Jack Tuholske, who is a private practice attorney in Missoula, Montana, is available to comment on the environmental, legal and policy ramifications of the Yellowstone River oil spill.

July 7, 2011

Roger Clemens Trial: Prof. Michael McCann Available To Comment – Vermont Law School Professor Michael McCann is available to comment on Roger Clemens's federal perjury trial that begins Wednesday.

June 27, 2011

New Grant Trains Chinese Judges to Enforce Environmental Laws – Vermont Law School's U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law has received a grant to help judges enforce environmental justice in China.

June 24, 2011

Dean Shields To Retire – Vermont Law School President, Dean and Professor Jeff Shields today announced his retirement effective August 1, 2012, after four decades as a practicing attorney and legal educator.

June 23, 2011

VT Prescription Drug Law, Offer to Purchase CVPS: VT Law School Experts Available to Comment – Vermont Law School faculty experts are available to comment on two news items today: A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a Vermont privacy law and the proposed sale of CVPS to a Canadian company.

June 23, 2011

Pollution as Public Nuisance: VT Law School Panel to Discuss Supreme Court's New Ruling in Global Warming Case – Vermont Law School scholars and a federal judge will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling earlier this week in the global warming case American Electric Power v. Connecticut at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 30 in the Chase Community Center.

June 20, 2011

Vermont Yankee Lawsuit: VT Law School Experts Available to Comment on Key Hearing, Will Host Public Forum on Troubled Nuclear Plant – Vermont Law School faculty experts are available to comment on the key hearing Thursday and Friday in U.S. District Court on the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. VLS faculty also will debate the lawsuit at a public forum at 4:30 p.m., Monday, June 27 in the Chase Community Center.

June 20, 2011

Tuesday’s Hot Topics Talk: Is the Kyoto Protocol Dead? – Professor Dan Bodansky of Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law will discuss the status of the Kyoto Protocol at noon, Tuesday, June 21, in Oakes Hall, room 007.

June 20, 2011

“Brown to Green” Conference Aims to Revitalize Brownfields – Vermont Law School will host a "Brown to Green 2011" on Thursday, June 23, to provide developers and their professional advisors with tools for identifying, transacting and redeveloping brownfields in Vermont.

June 20, 2011

AEP v. Connecticut: VT Law School Experts Available to Comment On Today's U.S. Supreme Court Ruling – Vermont Law School has faculty experts available to comment on the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling this morning in the global warming case American Electric Power v. Connecticut.

June 17, 2011

Today’s Hot Topics Talk: The Politics of Vermont’s Fish and Wildlife – Patrick Berry, commissioner of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, will discuss the interplay of politics and policy in the legislative, regulatory and resource management arenas at noon, today at the Historical Museum Society in Montpelier.

June 16, 2011

Today’s Hot Topics Talk: Carbon Capture and Sequestration in the EU – Javier Garcia-Lomas Gago '10, an attorney with Perez Moreno LLP in Seville, Spain, and an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School and the University of Seville, will discuss carbon capture and sequestration in the European Union at noon, today in Oakes Hall, room 007.

June 15, 2011

Vermont Yankee Lawsuit: New Commentary Available – Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna today posted a new commentary on the school's faculty blog about the environmental, constitutional, political and other implications of the federal lawsuit over the troubled Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

June 10, 2011

Today’s Hot Topics Talk Let the Sunshine In: Trends in Transparency – Assistant Professor Don Kreis will give a Hot Topics talk, titled "Let the Sunshine In: Trends in Transparency," from noon to 1 p.m. today at the Historical Museum Society in Montpelier.

June 7, 2011

Report Finds Greater Reliance on Efficiency, Wind and Long-Term Contracts Reduces Risks and Ratepayer Costs – A Vermont Law School report released today offers a comprehensive approach to resource acquisition in the electricity sector and highlights the increasing importance of efficiency, renewables such as wind power, and long-term contracts to lower risk and costs in meeting future electricity needs.

June 2, 2011

Vermont Yankee Lawsuit: VT Law School Faculty Offer Insight Into Critical Case for U.S. Nuclear Power – Vermont Law School today launched a commentary blog where its faculty experts will provide ongoing analysis of the environmental, constitutional, political and other implications of the federal lawsuit over the troubled Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

May 10, 2011

VLS Commencement Day to Include Address by Amy Goodman, Groundbreaking for New Center for Legal Services – Amy Goodman, the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, will be the commencement speaker May 21 at Vermont Law School's 36th graduation ceremony.

May 6, 2011

Six VT Law School Students Named Schweitzer Fellows for 2011-12 – The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship announced today that six Vermont Law School students are among the 27 graduate students selected for the 2011-12 class of New Hampshire-Vermont Schweitzer Fellows.

May 5, 2011

VT Law School Launches First Online Degree in Environmental Law – Vermont Law School, the nation's premier environmental law and policy school, will launch two online degree programs on May 16, including America's first online master's degree program in environmental law for non-lawyers.

May 4, 2011

Offshore Drilling in Alaskan Arctic: VT Law Schools Experts Available to Comment – Vermont Law School has faculty experts available to comment on proposals for offshore oil drilling in the Alaskan Arctic, including Shell Oil's controversial request to the federal government this week to drill up to 10 exploratory wells over the next two years.

May 4, 2011

VT Law School’s Summer Session Exhibit to Highlight Local Artist – Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center (ELC) will present the works of Vermont artist Phyllis Chase on campus from May 18 through August 5.

May 4, 2011

VT Law School’s U.S.-China Partnership Names New Faculty Director – Vermont Law School Professor Jason Czarnezki, an internationally recognized scholar in environmental and natural resources law and policy, has been appointed faculty director of VLS's U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law.

May 3, 2011

Military Recruiters to be Welcomed Back at Vermont Law School Once “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal is Finalized – Vermont Law School, which has denied access to military recruiters for more than 25 years, will notify the U.S. Department of Defense that its recruiters are welcome back on campus once the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" law is finalized.

April 28, 2011

VT Law School Students Urge Scrutiny of Controversial Natural Gas Pipeline Proposal – Vermont Law School's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) is urging federal authorities to scrutinize a controversial proposed natural gas pipeline in ecologically sensitive areas across Puerto Rico.

April 27, 2011

VT Law School Student Wins Prestigious National Award – Vermont Law School student Ben Leoni '11 has been selected by the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement as a winner of the 2011 Distinguished Legal Writing Awards.

April 26, 2011

New Study Finds America Addicted to “Crystal Eth,” Recommends Investment in Other Biofuel Alternatives – Long heralded as a green alternative to fossil fuel, corn-based ethanol has become a costly distraction that chiefly benefits corporate, political and lobbying interests rather than the American public, the environment, small farmers and rural communities, according to a new report by Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) and Food & Water Watch, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit.

April 25, 2011

VLS’s New Sports Law Institute Gives Students Opportunities in Sports, Law and Business – Vermont Law School has established a Sports Law Institute (SLI) to prepare students for the growing opportunities at the intersection of sports, law and business.

April 25, 2011

San Francisco Giants Owner Bill Neukom’s Talk Postponed – San Francisco Giants owner Bill Neukom's talk on sports, law and business slated for noon, Wednesday, April 27 in the Chase Community Center has been postponed.

April 21, 2011

Vermont Free Speech Case Before U.S. Supreme Court: VT Law School Expert Available to Comment – Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna is available to comment on Sorrell v. IMS Health, Inc., a free speech case from Vermont that will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 26.

April 19, 2011

Gulf Oil Spill Legacy: VT Law School Experts Available to Comment – Vermont Law School has several faculty experts available to comment on the legal and regulatory legacy of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico a year after the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

April 19, 2011

AEP v. Connecticut: VT Law School Experts Available to Comment – Vermont Law School has several faculty experts available to comment on the implications of American Electric Power v. Connecticut, which will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 19.

April 18, 2011

Vermont Yankee Files Suit to Stay Open: VT Law School Experts Available to Comment – Vermont Law School has several experts available to comment on Entergy's lawsuit filed this morning seeking to prevent the state of Vermont from shutting down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant on March 21, 2012.

April 18, 2011

CFL’s to Be Distributed Free During Energy Efficiency Day of Action – Vermont Law School students, faculty and staff will go door to door on Saturday, April 23, to exchange less efficient incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent light bulbs during an Energy Efficiency Day of Action in the South Royalton area.

April 15, 2011

VT Law School Students Push for Citizen Participation in Environmental Enforcement in Vermont – If the Vermont Senate passes a bill this session to allow public participation in state environmental enforcement actions, it will culminate years of diligence by student clinicians in Vermont Law School's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC).

April 7, 2011

VT Law Students to Hold Vigil Against Violence – Vermont Law School will host its annual Take Back the Night candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14 on the South Royalton town green.

March 30, 2011

VLS Unveils Fifth White Paper on Arctic Oil and Gas Development – As the Arctic warms and pressure grows to exploit seabed natural resources at the top of the world, Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) has released the fifth installment in its White Paper series titled "Implementing the Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Guidelines."

March 30, 2011

Former New York Times Reporter Chris Wren to Discuss Arab Revolt – Chris Wren, a former foreign correspondent for The New York Times, will discuss the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6 at the Chase Community Center.

March 28, 2011

Forum to Discuss Single-Payer Health Care System – Vermont Law School will host a community forum Saturday to discuss how proposals in the Vermont Legislature will affect Vermonters' access to affordable health care.

March 25, 2011

China Opens First Public Interest Environmental Law Firm With Help from Vermont Law School – China's first public interest environmental law firm was officially launched today with assistance from Vermont Law School's U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, which also has helped to create a new university legal advocacy center devoted to environmental health and safety issues.

March 25, 2011

Ocean Law Conference to Explore Energy Development, Protecting Marine Resources – Vermont Law School will host a conference on Friday, April 1, to explore ways to strengthen international ocean regulations and protect marine ecosystems, while exploring offshore energy resources.

March 24, 2011

New Study Shows Nuclear Economics Worse After Fukushima – Japan's nuclear crisis and other nuclear incidents make the construction of new nuclear reactors, which has been uneconomic in market economies, even less attractive, according to a new study at Vermont Law School.

March 24, 2011

Russian Delegation to Discuss Legal Aid, Access to Justice – A delegation of Russian lawyers and judges will visit Vermont Law School's South Royalton Legal Clinic (SRLC) on Thursday, March 31, to discuss Russia's effort to strengthen its civil legal aid programs.

March 22, 2011

Russian Nuclear Experts to Discuss Chernobyl, Japan Nuclear Crisis – Russian nuclear experts will discuss the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, Japan's nuclear crisis and design similarities between the Japanese reactor and the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant at 12:45 p.m. today at Vermont Law School.

March 21, 2011

Barry Bonds’ Trial: Professor Michael McCann Available to Comment – As Barry Bonds' perjury trial gets underway today, Vermont Law School Professor Michael McCann is available to comment about what's at stake for the home run king, baseball itself and steroid use among professional athletes.

March 17, 2011

VT Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments at Vermont Law School – The Vermont Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in seven cases at Vermont Law School in Oakes Hall on Wednesday, March 23, in the high court's annual session at the state's only law school.

March 15, 2011

Jessica Wilkerson Selected as First Recipient of Erin Woolley Award – Jessica Wilkerson '12 has been selected as the first recipient of the Erin Woolley Memorial Scholarship.

March 15, 2011

Vermont Law School Ranked First in Environmental Law For Third Consecutive Year – U.S.News & World Report has again ranked Vermont Law School's environmental law program as the best in the nation.

March 14, 2011

Vermont Law School Selects Firm to Design New Fitness Center – Vermont Law School today signed a contract with a nationally renowned firm, Eck/MacNeely Architects of Boston, to lead the design of the school's new fitness facility.

March 11, 2011

Tonight’s NFL Labor Deadline: Sports Law Expert Michael McCann Available to Comment – As Friday's midnight deadline approaches in the NFL labor showdown, Vermont Law School Professor Michael McCann is available to comment on what's next in the potential lockout.

March 3, 2011

Vermont Judge Vacates Omya’s Waste Disposal Permit – Vermont Environmental Court Judge Merideth Wright today notified the parties of her decision to vacate Omya's final solid waste disposal certification, ruling that the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) must incorporate the public trust analysis required by Vermont's groundwater protection law into the solid waste certification process.

February 25, 2011

VT Law Symposium to Explore China’s Environmental Governance – The Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law will explore climate change, energy needs and other issues on March 2 at VJEL's annual symposium at Vermont Law School.

February 21, 2011

CFL’s to Be Distributed Free During Energy Efficiency Day of Action – Vermont Law School students, faculty and staff will go door to door Saturday to exchange less efficient incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent light bulbs during an Energy Efficiency Day of Action in the South Royalton area.

February 18, 2011

Vermont Law School Hires Dean for Clinical and Experiential Learning – Margaret Martin Barry has been appointed as acting associate dean for Clinical and Experiential Programs and visiting professor of law for the 2011-2012 academic year at Vermont Law School.

February 14, 2011

Vermont Law Experts Available to Discuss Obama’s Funding Request For Small Nuclear Reactors, Nuclear Loan Guarantees – Vermont Law School professors Mark Cooper and Peter Bradford are available to provide analysis of the costs, reliability and other factors in the Obama administration's 2012 budget proposal request for money to help develop small modular nuclear reactors and for additional loan guarantee support for new nuclear power plants.

February 10, 2011

Bill McKibben to Speak at Vermont Law School on Climate Change – Bill McKibben, one of America's top environmental advocates and the founder of 350.org, will present the seventh annual Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17 in the Chase Community Center.

February 7, 2011

Vermont Law Review Symposium to Examine Capital Punishment – The Vermont Law Review's 11th Annual Symposium, titled "New Perspectives on Capital Punishment," will explore capital punishment and its human rights implications from the perspective of scholars, litigators and educators from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11 in the Chase Community Center.

February 3, 2011

Minority Voices to Speak at Vermont Law School – Vermont Law School will host "A Tribute to Black History: Minority Voices" at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4 in the Chase Community Center.

January 21, 2011

Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman to Deliver Vermont Law School’s 2011 Commencement Address – Amy Goodman, the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, will be the commencement speaker at Vermont Law School's 36th graduation ceremony on May 21.

January 19, 2011

What's For Supper? Vermont Law School to Explore How the World Eats – Ten student groups at Vermont Law School will host a two-day agriculture law and policy conference Jan. 27-28 to explore the ways in which the world eats and ways to improve our systems for growing, transporting and consuming food.

January 14, 2011

Civil Rights Advocate Robert Bell to Mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Vermont Law School – Robert Mack Bell, the first African-American to serve as chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, will be the keynote speaker Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Vermont Law School's observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

January 10, 2011

Environmental Scholar Gus Speth to Give Lecture on New Economics – Vermont Law School Professor Gus Speth, one of America's leading environmental advocates, will call for overhauling the U.S. economy at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13 in Oakes Hall, Room 007. The event is free and open to the public.

January 10, 2011

Vermont Law School Experts Available to Discuss Montana Coal Ruling – Vermont Law School has experts available to discuss a judge's ruling today that allows environmentalists to move ahead with their challenge of Montana's lease of 587 million tons of state-owned coal to a St. Louis company.

January 3, 2011

Vermont Law School Unveils Top 10 Environmental Watch List for 2011 – Vermont Law School today released its inaugural Top 10 Environmental Watch List spotlighting the nation's most critical environmental law and policy issues of 2010 and how they may play out in 2011.

VLS Professor and Students Win Significant Equal Pay Case – A Vermont Law School faculty member and her students learned last week that they were victorious in a federal court case that found a Vermont woman had been discriminated against because of her gender and is entitled to compensation under Vermont’s Equal Pay Act.